For nearly a decade, the United States has sought the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi Arabian-born leader of the al-Qaida terror network.
That effort sometimes seemed as if it might go unrewarded forever. Instead, it finally came to an end earlier this week when a team of Navy Seals killed bin Laden in a firefight in Pakistan. Like others, we join in praising the work of those involved in this raid and our military.
There is no doubt bin Laden’s was a justifiable killing if ever there was one.
He has the blood of thousands of innocent men, women and children on his hands – and not just here in America. Through bin Laden’s terror syndicate of thugs and killers, attacks on targets in a number of nations around the globe killed scores of civilians and brought misery to countless people.
Of course, bin Laden will now be hailed by sick-minded and misguided men as a martyr to a greater cause. In truth, he was a murderer of children and women and civilians.
Bin Laden’s killing won’t stop the attacks. It won’t end the War on Terror because it won’t cure the implacable, irrational hatred that makes people follow a bin Laden or endorse a philosophy that uses violence against those who follow a different religion.
That really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the man responsible for 9/11 and so much more has finally reaped what he sowed.